Glynis Johns, ‘Mary Poppins’ star, dies at 100 – National

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Glynis Johns, a Tony Award-winning stage and display star who performed the mom reverse Julie Andrews within the traditional film Mary Poppins and launched the world to the bittersweet standard-to-be Send within the Clowns by Stephen Sondheim, has died. She was 100.

Mitch Clem, her supervisor, mentioned she died Thursday at an assisted dwelling dwelling in Los Angeles of pure causes. “Today’s a sad day for Hollywood,” Clem mentioned. “She is the last of the last of old Hollywood.”

Johns was identified to be a perfectionist about her occupation — exact, analytical and opinionated. The roles she took needed to be multi-faceted. Anything much less was giving lower than her all.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not interested in playing the role on only one level,” she informed The Associated Press in 1990. “The whole point of first-class acting is to make a reality of it. To be real. And I have to make sense of it in my own mind in order to be real.”

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Johns’ best triumph was enjoying Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, for which she received a Tony in 1973. Sondheim wrote the present’s hit music Send within the Clowns to go well with her distinctive husky voice, however she misplaced the half within the 1977 movie model to Elizabeth Taylor.


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“I’ve had other songs written for me, but nothing like that,” Johns informed the AP in 1990. “It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given in the theatre.”

Others who adopted Johns in singing Sondheim’s hottest music embrace Frank Sinatra, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Sarah Vaughan and Olivia Newton-John. It additionally appeared in season two of Yellowjackets in 2023, sung by Elijah Wood.

Back when it was being conceived, A Little Night Music had gone into rehearsal with a few of the ebook and rating unfinished, together with a solo music for Johns. Director Hal Prince urged she and co-star Len Cariou improvise a scene or two to present ebook author Hugh Wheeler some concepts.

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“Hal said ‘Why don’t you just say what you feel,”’ she recalled to the AP. “When Len and I did that, Hal got on the phone to Steve Sondheim and said, ‘I think you’d better get in a cab and get round here and watch what they’re doing because you are going to get the idea for Glynis’ solo.”’

Johns was the fourth technology of an English theatrical household. Her father, Mervyn Johns, had a protracted profession as a personality actor and her mom was a pianist. She was born in Pretoria, South Africa, as a result of her mother and father have been visiting the realm on tour on the time of her start.

Johns was a dancer at 12 and an actor at 14 in London’s West End. Her breakthrough position was because the amorous mermaid within the title of the 1948 hit comedy Miranda.

“I was quite an athlete, my muscles were strong from dancing, so the tail was just fine; I swam like a porpoise,” she informed Newsday in 1998. In 1960’s The Sundowners, with Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum, she was nominated for a greatest supporting actress Oscar. (She misplaced out to Shirley Jones in Elmer Gantry.)

Other highlights embrace enjoying the mom in Mary Poppins, the film that launched Julie Andrews and the place she sang the rousing tune Sister Suffragette. She additionally starred within the 1989 Broadway revival of The Circle, W. Somerset Maugham’s romantic comedy about love, marriage and constancy, reverse Rex Harrison and Stewart Granger.

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“I’ve retired many times. My personal life has come before my work. The theatre is just part of my life. It probably uses my highest sense of intelligence, so therefore I have to come back to it, to realize that I’ve got the talent. I’m not as good doing anything else,” she informed the AP.

To put together for A Coffin in Egypt, Horton Foote’s 1998 play a few grand dame reminiscing about her life on and off a ranch on the Texas prairie, she requested the Texas-born Foote to report a brief tape of himself studying some traces and used it as her coach.

In a 1991 revival of A Little Night Music in Los Angeles, she performed Madame Armfeldt, the mom of Desiree, the half she had created. In 1963, she starred in her personal TV sitcom Glynis.

Johns lived all world wide and had 4 husbands. The first was the daddy of her solely little one, the late Gareth Forwood, an actor who died in 2007.

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